Glenbard West football's 5 Stars at State
|Scott Andrews caught four passes during Saturday's Class 7A state title game.|
Junior running back
Slowed by an ankle injury in the semifinal victory over Lake Zurich, this running back appeared to be up to full speed on Saturday. Though the entire Hilltoppers running game was stymied by the Lincoln-Way East defense, Andrews made his presence felt as a receiver, hauling in four passes for 73 yards. One of those receptions, a 23-yarder, set up the only touchdown of the game in the first quarter.
This senior quarterback stepped up throughout the playoff run and Saturday’s state championship game was no different. Asked to manage the game, Haeffner was pinpoint with his accuracy, completing 10-of-13 passes for 145 yards. He also made the biggest throw of the game late in the first quarter when he found Nathan Marcus in the corner of the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown.
Senior wide receiver
The 6-foot-5 senior is a matchup nightmare for opposing defensive backs, and Lincoln-Way East had no answer for him in the first half Saturday. Marcus went over his defender to bring in the only touchdown of the Class 7A title game, a 25-yard pass from Henry Haeffner late in the first quarter, after catching a pass for a first down earlier in the drive. He finished the game with five catches for 55 yards. While on defense, he picked up a sack on the Griffins’ final possession.
Playing much bigger then his 6-0, 180-pound frame all season long, this junior safety was at his best in the state championship game. Carlson was the MVP of an outstanding defensive effort against Lincoln-Way East, totaling a team-high 10 solo tackles to go along with four assists. His last tackle was also the biggest, stopping Griffins’ quarterback Tom Fuessel 3 yards short of the first down on a fourth-and-10 scramble deep in Hilltoppers’ territory with under two minutes remaining in the game.
Steady all season long for the Hilltoppers, this junior kicker accounted for the winning margin Saturday with a 27-yard field goal with under one minute remaining in the opening half. He added an extra point and finished the fall 55-of-59 on PATs. Lekacz also handled kickoffs and averaged 46.8 yards on his four kicks.
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